COOPERATION WITH EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS IN VOCATION..
COOPERATION WITH EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING
FOR OBTAINING KNOWLEDGE IN NEW SOFTWARE - TECHNOLOGY AND CURRENT EDUCATIONAL ISSUES FOR THE BENEFIT OF STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS
Start date: Oct 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2016
This project was under our school's 2-year Strategic Plan for European Mobility and Cooperation Activities and included partnerships with other European Schools under KA2 action as well as Vocational Training of students of different departments of our school. The project also included staff training and participation in various seminars, under KA1 - "Learning Mobility of Individuals/VET learner and staff mobility". The project involved two (2) activities:
Activity 1: This activity was focused on our school's Furniture Design Department students. The name of the course was "New Technologies, Design & Marketing for Wooden Furniture”. A group of 12 students and 2 accompanying teachers have visited TEI's Department of Wood & Furniture Design and Technology in Karditsa, Thessalia in Greece. Activity 1, came under the type of action "Structured course/training events" and has given the opportunity to all participants to develop their skills and get familiar with topics considered very critical in our curriculum. Such topics are:
1. Get familiar with new technologies in the industry.
2. Promote research and innovation.
3. Get to know new materials and new machines of the wood industry.
4. Get familiar with Cad-cam software for design and CNC machines.
Apart from the goals mentioned above, this project gave our students from middle and lower economic class the chance to gain new experiences overseas, to obtain new knowledge and skills that will eventually use them in their future professional life.
In key Activity 2, members of our teaching staff participated in an educational conference in Zagreb subjected " Education and ICT - Where do teachers Go? ". The participants will desciminate their know how to all members of our teaching staff in our school .
This conference gave the opportunity to two members of our staff to acquire new knowledge and skills but also exchanged ideas in the educational area of Information and communication technologies (ICT) and new teaching paradigms which are reshaping education. This international Eco-media Europe conference provided a forum for teachers, practitioners, researchers, administrators and decision makers from schools, vocational schools, and universities to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results about innovative teaching and learning methodologies. It was an ideal opportunity to share experiences in the field of educational innovations, new technologies applied to education as well as learning and teaching methodologies with emphasis on the cohesion and mutual benefit of the ICT and education. The main objective of this activity, was that it allowed teachers to get educated in new educational approaches and teaching methods and to promote the use of ICT in their classroom and school.
Teachers and students through this project enhanced their inter cultural awareness, and helped them to have a better understanding and responsiveness regarding, linguistic and cultural diversity and also upgraded their satisfaction and motivation in their work. Moreover, it enhanced the development of the students’ professional skills, as well as their personal development. Their inter cultural competence improved by travelling for the first time abroad and by experiencing the culture of a foreign country. Moreover, our school has been given the opportunity to establish a solid cooperation with TEI Thessalias-Department of Wood & Furniture Design and Technology in Karditsa.
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